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Could this Factory in a Box Revolutionise Food Production?

By Nathan Lee, TLE Correspondent  The future of food production was on display at this year's Gulfood Manufacturing where the first “Factory in a Box” was unveiled on the opening day. Presented by United Food Technology (UFT), a specialist food technology and engineering company with offices in Germany and the UAE, the company believes that this is how the food factory of the future will look and function. The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations estimates food production will...

Energy: We Need to Own it

By Oliver Ward    Over the last three months, for the first time in history, Britain's renewable energy production surpassed its coal production. A monumental moment, the palpable demonstration of how far renewable energy has come in the UK and the changing attitudes towards our role as inhabitants on this planet. A view clearly not shared by the Conservative party who have announced that subsidies for renewable energy companies will be ended on the 1st of April next year. Leaving over...

The Voice of Growth Hacking

How did a once-anonymous Londoner become a successful speaker and content entrepreneur who helps other startups succeed? By Noy Shani One day in 2012 Vincent Dignan woke up after having a dream. The then-average man, far afield from any spotlight, had a vision to start an online magazine where the writers are the stars, instead of musicians. Vincent, 29, has always had passion for music. He previously reviewed and interviewed bands for a living as a journalist for the Daily Star....

Animal Agriculture off the Agenda Again

Opinion from Jimmy Pierce Experts will soon gather in Paris for the annual UN Climate Change Conference to discuss how to cut carbon emissions and halt temperature rises, but the principal contributor is likely to be left off the agenda. Animal agriculture is the leading cause of deforestation, water consumption, species extinction, habitat loss, ocean dead zones and pollution, responsible for more greenhouse gas emissions than all transport in the world combined. Its impact is persistently ignored, wilfully neglected in...

The Century Of The Self – If Curtis Covered The Cameron Years

By Callum Towler  I recently re-watched Adam Curtis' seminal BBC documentary series 'The Century Of The Self'  - a provocative analysis of how Sigmund Freud's ideas about our irrational desires first spawned the PR industry in the 1920s, through his calculating nephew Edward Bernays, and later seeped into politics as a potent method of attaining power. If you haven't seen it, you can view the episode in question below. It is a fascinating insight into the volatile relationship between the state...

Parliamentary Sketch 21st Oct – Going out steeling with the Chinese

By Joe Mellor, Deputy Editor Today’s PMQs began with a quick guide to consumerism, Susan Elan Jones, Lab, asked why Sunday trading hours shouldn’t be extended: “What about families?” she asked despairingly. The PM robustly replied: “This is about families.” Eh, no Dave, this is about consumer capitalism. He nearly wept when he discussed families who conduct the long march around department stores “for hours,” before they can pay for goods, bivouacking next to the Baskin Robbins concession and swapping...

Is Social Media a Pyramid Scheme Enabler?

By Harry Bedford  We all have that friend on Facebook posting motivational quotes and discussing the great benefits of products they are selling, such as Herbalife weight loss milkshakes and Organo Gold coffee. On the face of it, they appear merely passionate about the products and feel a burning desire to inform the rest of us about it. Fair enough. However, if you look past 'the best cup of coffee' they have ever drank and the 'amazing weight loss' they...

Study on Finances of Retired People Finds Average Pensioner has only £1,343 put away for Emergencies

By Nathan Lee, TLE Correspondent  New research has revealed retirees have an average of only £1,343 put away for emergencies. The study on the finances and lifestyles of 1,000 retired people found one in four had less than £1,000 saved and more than half said they would be “stumped” if they had to pay for unexpected house repairs or specialist medical care. Around one in five retired respondents in the poll by financial services giant MetLife said they had less than £500...

Parliamentary Sketch 14th October – Can u-turn me into a star Jeremy?

By Joe Mellor, Deputy Editor I guess if you failed to get on X factor, Britain’s Got Talent and that naked TV game show with Keith Chegwin, you can always e-mail Jeremy Corbyn for your fifteen minutes of fame, and hope he asks your question out. The lady who was used to present Corbyn’s first question at his maiden PMQs was on Radio 5 live by mid-afternoon the very same day. A moment with Richard Bacon, is never a moment...

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